Cheer for the Champion

Cheer for the Champion
Target text


Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound in words such as cheer, check, and chop.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • choose
  • cheer
  • champion


  • Word cards*

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play a game called "Cheer for the Champion" as they practice saying the /ch/ sound in words that begin with the letters ch, such as choose, cheer, champion, and check.

Literacy Activities
Cheer for the Champion!

  • Show the children each of the word cards, read them aloud, and explain what they mean.
  • Have the children think of an action for each word.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to play “Cheer for the Champion” (similar to charades).
    • Choose a word card.
    • Do actions to help the class guess the word (give ideas and clues where necessary).
    • When the children guess the word, have them cheer for the person who guessed the word and shout, “Cheer for the champion!”
  • Repeat the game, having different children choose and act out the /ch/ words.

More Practice
Identify the target sound

  • Have one of the children choose one of the word cards and read it out loud, emphasizing the /ch/ sound (e.g., “/ch/, /ch/, cheer.” Support as needed).
  • Ask for a volunteer to write the word on the board (allow the volunteer to look at the word card for help, or have the children help the volunteer).
  • When all the /ch/ words have been written on the board, read them together.

Write the target letter

  • Write the ch words on the board or on chart paper.
  • Read them as a class and emphasize the /ch/ sound.
  • Have the children come up to the board and circle the letters ch in the words.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letters ch with the /ch/ sound in words such as cheer, check, and chop.


  • Word cards

Activity: Cheer for the Champion

  • Read all /ch/ words together with your child and think of an action for each word.  
  • Take turns choosing a word card and acting out the word for the other person to guess.
  • When the word is guessed, cheer together and say, "Cheer for the champion!" then have your child write down the word on a piece of paper.
  • Repeat several times.
  • Read the /ch/ words together with your child. Have him or her circle the initial ch in each word.
  • Have your child choose his or her favorite word to act out.
  • Help your child write the following sentence on the bottom of the paper: "I choose ___.  I am a champion!"



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.